Pillar’s 3-run homer lifts Angels over Pirates

Angels' Pillar hit multiple home runs to lead the Angels to a 9-0 win over the Pirates, backed by an impressive performance from Patrick Sandoval.

Angels left-hander Patrick Sandoval threw seven dominant innings thanks to his circle-change and struck out seven in a 9-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

Kevin Pillar hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning that provided the Angels all the runs they needed to snap a three-game losing streak.

Pillar, 35, played his fourth game with the Angels after signing as a free agent went 3 for 5. The Angels overall collected 15 hits.

Quinn Priester allowed seven hits and three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings, throwing 74 pitches.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

Angels go deep

Pillar had multiple big swings, including his 403-feet home run to left field in the fourth. He later fielder’s choice for an RBI in the fifth and he led off the seventh with a solo home run (392 feet) to left field.

He added an RBI double to center in the eighth inning. He finished with six RBIs

Pillar is in his 12th season in the big leagues and has played for seven different teams in the last five seasons. He was selected in the 32nd round of the 2011 draft by the Toronto team from CSU-Dominguez Hills.

The West Hills, California, native attended Chaminade College Preparatory School, which is located about 60 miles from Angel Stadium.

Catcher Logan O’Hoppe also got hot, going 4 for 5 with all singles. Cole Tucker was the lone Angel to go hitless, going 0 for 4 with a walk.

Moniak has been a valuable addition to the Angels lineup since Mike Trout was placed on the injured reserve list.

Sandoval stuns Pirates

Sandoval (2-5) earned his second win by throwing seven scoreless innings while allowing three hits.

Pirates manager Derek Shelton started all right-handed hitters against Sandoval, who was able to fool them with his circle-change by throw 71 strikes out of 103 pitches. He dropped his ERA to 4.85 after eight starts.

This season batters have hit .202 against off-speed pitches. This includes a .132 average against circle-change.

Angels updates

— The Angels at 9:35 a.m. Wednesday go for the series sweep with right-hander with Jose Soriano (1-4, 3.77 ERA) facing Pirates left-hander Martin Perez (1-2, 3.15).

Soriano missed the 2021 season because of an elbow injury while playing for the Pirates. Soriano was selected by the Angels in the Rule 5 draft.

— Willie Calhoun, who was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday, has gone 6 for 16 with four doubles.

— O’Hoppe had been struggling in recent weeks, going 2 for 29 entering Tuesday.

— Outfielder Joe Adell had one hit in his last 24 at-bats. He went 1 for 5.